Discover what to expect from breast lift treatment in Beverly Hills, CA
A woman’s breasts and figure change over time. The breasts lose their youthful shape and firmness due to changes women experience over their lifetimes. For patients in Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Dennis Dass offers cosmetic procedures such as a breast lift treatment or mastopexy for patients looking to reshape their figures.
Reasons for breast lift treatment
A breast lift is just that. It is a surgical procedure that raises or lifts the breasts by getting rid of excess skin and tightening the tissue. This reshapes and supports the breast contour producing a more youthful, rejuvenated profile. A breast lift treatment is an effective way to address sagging issues.
Over time, the breasts change in shape, size, firmness. This can be the result of:
- Weight loss
- Aging and gravity
What to expect
A consultation is required before any cosmetic surgery. During this appointment, Dr. Dass will review the patient’s medical history, concerns, and expectations for the procedure. The procedure is best for women who are finished having children as pregnancy and breastfeeding alter the shape of the breasts. Patients should also be in good general health and have realistic expectations for the procedure.
Qualified patients may have the following concerns:
- Sagging breasts
- Breasts that have lost their shape or volume
- Flattened or elongated breasts
- Downward nipples or areolas
- Enlarged areolas
- Stretched skin on the breasts
- One breast lower than the other
A breast lift can be done alone, with implants in a breast augmentation, or with a breast reduction. The treatment alone does not change the size of the breasts or round out the upper area of the breast. For a woman who wants to increase the size or fullness of her breasts, implants can be placed. A woman desiring smaller breasts should consider combining a breast lift and breast reduction.
Prior to a breast lift surgery, the surgeon may request lab testing and may recommend getting a mammogram to have a baseline to watch for changes in the breast tissue. Avoid taking medications such as aspirin or anti-inflammatories that may increase bleeding. Patients may be asked to stop smoking before surgery as smoking can adversely affect the healing process and the results.
A breast lift treatment is an individualized procedure. After anesthesia is administered, the appropriate incision is made. The incision techniques used may depend on the patient’s breast size, shape, skin type, the degree of sagging, and the desired outcome. The incision types include:
- The perimeter of the areola
- The areola perimeter plus a vertical incision to the breast crease
- Around the areola with a vertical incision extending to the crease and a horizontal incision along the breast crease
The breasts are reshaped by lifting the breast tissue, removing excess skin, and repositioning the areola and nipple to a more youthful height. Once the breast has been reshaped, the incisions are closed. Some incisions may be hidden in the natural curves of the breasts. Others are visible but will fade with time and healing.
Healing and recovery
After the procedure, the bandages are placed on the incisions. A support bra protects and supports the breasts and reduces swelling. A small drain may be needed to remove excess blood or fluid during the healing process. The surgeon will give specific instructions on how to care for the breasts after surgery, what medications to take to help with discomfort or to reduce the chances of infection, and when to return for a follow-up appointment. Restrictions may be placed on physical activity to ensure the incisions are not bumped.
Although there will be post-surgical swelling, the results of the treatment are immediately visible. Over time, the swelling will subside and the scars will remain but will start to fade from view. The final results of the surgery will be visible within a few months as the breast shape and position settle.
The results of breast lift treatment are long-lasting. The breasts continue to change due to aging and gravity. Patients can prolong the effects of surgery by maintaining their weight and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Significant weight changes can affect the appearance of the breasts. Follow the surgeon’s directions for successful results.
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About Dennis Dass, MD, PharmDDennis Dass, MD is a top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, focusing on boosting the confidence of his Los Angeles, California patients with natural and beautiful results. He provides a range of surgical procedures for the body, laser skincare, and non-surgical procedures. As a Board-certified plastic surgeon, he performs hundreds of cosmetic procedures every year.
Dr. Dass earned his Medical Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM and his Doctor of Pharmacy qualification from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. He underwent a six-year Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at the University of Kansas. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, California Medical Association, and Los Angeles County Medical Society.
Dr. Dass has received numerous accolades including Top Plastic Surgeon designation from many reputed organizations. Connect with Dr. Dennis Dass on Linkedin.